California Real Estate Litigators Represent Clients in Property Disputes
Skilled attorneys resolve conflicts for homeowners and buyers in the Walnut Creek area
Real estate represents the biggest investment most people will ever make, so it is essential that disputes involving transactions, titles, land use and zoning, and other matters are handled by skilled property attorneys who know the laws and local ordinances governing real property in California. At Law Offices of James Shepherd, our real estate lawyers handle litigation for clients in the Walnut Creek area and throughout California. We draw on our knowledge of the issues that most often affect people buying, selling and improving property to protect our clients’ rights in negotiations and in court.
Proven litigators handle a range of real estate disputes
Our attorneys understand how stressful a real estate dispute can be, affecting your ability to live where and how you wish. Conflicts can arise in a wide range of areas:
- Real property contracts
- Residential home sales
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Homeowners associations
- Landlord-tenant matters
- Eminent domain
- Zoning, land use and building permits
- Boundaries and easements
We work toward an optimal and expedient resolution for disputes in any of these areas. Our reputation as experienced litigators offers us an edge in negotiations, so we are often able to reach an agreement that saves you time and money. But we are thoroughly prepared to litigate your case when that presents your best option.
Skilled counselors assist with foreclosure
When unexpected circumstances occur that put your home at risk of foreclosure, it’s important to know that you have options. We combine innovative strategies with a determination to defend your right to keep your home. When selling it is a better way to proceed, we guide you toward the most advantageous situation. Depending on your circumstances and your lender’s willingness to work with you, we may advise on:
- Mortgage modification
- Loan forbearance
- Short sale
- Deed in lieu of foreclosure
You can rely on our ability to negotiate with lenders and make use of all available tools to help you stay in your home.
Knowledgeable advisers assist with eminent domain
Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for public or nonpublic use. The process involves condemnation of your property, appraisal of its value, an offer to purchase it and negotiation for a fair price. We represent homeowners’ property rights in eminent domain cases. If the government offers compensation below a fair market value or your property was improperly designated for public use, we can represent you in an action to halt the eminent domain process or receive the compensation you deserve.
Experienced lawyers help with evictions
Eviction is disruptive to both landlords and tenants. Landlords must spend the time and money to replace tenants who fall behind on rent, and displaced families must find a new place to live under traumatic circumstances. With this scenario in mind, our attorneys help mediate disputes when eviction is threatened. If you are a tenant who unfairly faces eviction, we protect your right to remain in your home by asserting the terms of your lease. If you are a landlord whose tenants are engaged in disruptive, illegal or damaging behavior, we help you to protect your property.
Reliable counsel for alternative dispute resolution
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to handle your real estate dispute outside of court. Alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration are options to consider. Some contracts require binding arbitration or nonbinding mediation to resolve disputes that arise out of the transaction governed by the agreement. When the cost and time of litigation exceeds the likely outcome, you may choose to settle instead. Our attorneys will offer advice to help move the proceedings toward a desirable outcome.
Contact our California real estate litigation attorneys
If you are involved in a real estate dispute in California, Law Offices of James Shepherd offers the reliable representation you deserve. To schedule a consultation, call our Walnut Creek office at 925-395-4818 or contact us online.